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Balotelli Returns To Italy National Team After Three-Year Absence

Balotelli Returns To Italy National Team After Three-Year Absence

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has officially been called up by Italy coach Roberto Mancini for this international break.

Balotelli who is currently with Adana Demirspor in Turkey, has received his first Azzurri call up since September 2018, when he played 62 minutes of a 1-1 draw against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.

Mancini knows Balotelli well, with the pair having history together at both Inter and Manchester City. Whilst they developed a strong relationship, the player’s off-field antics often distracted from his potential on the pitch.

The 31-year-old Balotelli has the chance to be the key man in Italy’s upcoming World Cup play-offs; the Azzurri must first defeat North Macedonia before facing the winner of Portugal-Turkey.

Mancini’s team have lacked a consistent goalscorer, with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti both failing to be clinical on the big stage, and so Balotelli could carve out a spot for himself in the squad.

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  • Chibuike 2 years ago

    That’s why I like white people. They must call you if you are infirm. We need to recall moses victor back to national team and look for more defenders and midfielders. Attackers

    • Abdul 2 years ago

      Oga, this is a different situation, Balotelli lost form, hence, his ouster from the team. Victor Moses publicly announced his retirement from the national team. However, I’m not against it if he’s willing to come back. Moreover, he would have offered more than Chukwueze in Cameroon.

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